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John Velazquez holds the trophy after riding Authentic to victory in the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Authentic, Velazquez quickly mesh in Kentucky Derby victory

Sep. 5, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first. It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. With all the attention focused on 3-5 favorite Tiz the Law, Authentic...

Kentucky Derby entry Tiz the Law runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

Sep. 4, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses — Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years — but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, jockey Flavien Prat, aboard Country House, center, looks on as jockey Luis Saez, right, aboard Maximum Security, crosses the finish line during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a year-long odyssey of chaos. From a historic DQ to doping, lawsuits to a global pandemic, and then a Triple Crown turned upside down. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

From Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing

Sep. 2, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down. Amidst the uncertainty, Tiz the Law...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, Tiz the Law (8), with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes winner ]completed his final workout on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, with a week to go before he's expected to compete as the probable favorite in the Kentucky Derby.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Likely Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law in final workout

Aug. 29, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law finished his final workout on Saturday with a week to go before he’s expected to compete as the probable favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The colt ran five furlongs in 59.21 seconds at Saratoga in upstate New York, while some of his rivals put...

FILE- In this May 3, 2019, file photo, jockey Mike Smith looks on before a horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Jockeys competing in the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby have to arrive five days ahead and then quarantine upon returning to their home tracks, just one of many changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Coronavius forces changes for Kentucky Derby jockeys

Aug. 29, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

Jockeys riding in the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby have to arrive by Monday and then quarantine upon returning to their home tracks, just one of many changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Churchill Downs had proposed an arrival date of Aug. 24 — nearly two weeks before the Derby on...

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Thousand Words, right, with Abel Cedillo aboard, outlegs Cezanne, left, with Flavien Prat aboard, to win the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes horse race Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Thousand Words pulls upset to win Shared Belief at Del Mar

Aug. 1, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Thousand Words upset 1-5 favorite Honor A. P. by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another candidate for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles in...